ICE QUEEN: Teenage Survivalist III
Published by Amazing Things Press.
ICE QUEEN: Teenage Survivalist III
Taylor knows what it takes to survive. She’s been surviving on her own as long as she can remember while her parents alternated between drug-induced catatonia to rehab to jail. But does she have what it takes to survive the failure of the world's power grids, her parent's and older brother's painful withdrawal from drugs, and the emergence of the mental diseases the drugs have been masking for years? Unlike her friends from books I and II—happy-go-lucky Bracken and brooding avoider Ben—Taylor analyzes each aspect of her harsh new reality with candor and quirky observations.
Published by Amazing Things Press.
Nice review from Salvation and Survival
The Perfect Book For Your Teenager
World events are hard enough to comprehend and face for adults. In fact, I would venture that many will find themselves uninformed and ill-prepared should any number of likely scenarios come to fruition. So, if mature Americans are scared of facing their fears, think of what it is like for our younger generations; especially those in their teenage years who are on the cusp of reaching for their future goals. How do we brace them for the possibility of disruption to their daily lives, and instruct them on getting through the coming chaos, without scaring the living daylights out of them? The profusion of "Survival" books on the market have not been suitable for our younger populace ... until now.
Ben's 13th year was when his family fell apart, but his 14th year is when his whole world, or more precisely, the whole world, collapses. He had thought 13 was his unlucky number, the year that Time turned its back on him, but he was wrong; that year, it was he who had turned his back on Time. The following year, the fury of the sun turns back Time for everyone in the world.
On PF (Power Failure) Day, a huge electromagnetic surge from the sun destroys the power grids and civilization as we know it. Living in the middle of downtown Kansas City makes survival nearly impossible. Starvation, dehydration, disease, freezing temperatures, and out-of-control fires imperil the desperate population. After facing unimaginable losses, Ben finds hope for the future when he meets Sara, who has endured her own share of agonizing loss. But when a murderous gang threatens to take away everything Ben has left, they flee to a wilderness area of a large city park where they learn to live off the land for survival.
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Read this article, Could a Giant Sunburst Unplug Earth? in the Kansas City Star.
Could a giant sunburst unplug Earth?
BY RICK MONTGOMERY
The Kansas City Star
Julie L. Casey, a St. Joseph area author of young-adult books, can’t help but ponder the possibilities.
“Everything shuts down,” said Casey, of rural Union Star, Mo. “Without electricity, there is no manufacturing. No medicines. No processed food.
“No gasoline could be refined or even oil drilled.”
Such thoughts compelled her to write a novel published last year, “How I Became a Teenage Survivalist.” It tells of a Missouri farm boy’s triumph in the wake of a massive sun flare that took away the conveniences he knew.
Her publisher, Pants on Fire Press, will soon release a sequel set in downtown Kansas City.
Different boy. Same geomagnetic storm.
The second book is scarier than the first, which served up more hope than horror.
“We can learn to live without electricity,” Casey said she was initially thinking. “Ask any survivalist. The best place to be is out on a farm.”
But in the city?
Spoiler alert: In her sequel, downtown becomes a disease-stricken ruin.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/15/4826370/could-a-giant-sunburst-unplug.html#storylink=cpy
Check out this exclusive interview I gave Examiner.com: examiner.com/article/exclusive-interview-with-julie-l-casey.
Thank you to Daniel Calder for the interview! Also, check out his other articles at examiner.com and his ebook The Dietitian's Guide to Eating Bugs!
Award-Winning Children’s Book Publisher Receives Six Nominations For Cyblis Awards
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PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 11, 2013 - WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Florida Children’s book publisher, Pants On Fire Press, is pleased to announce thatTales from Farlandia: Ozette's Destiny by Judy Pierce, Resilient by Patricia Vanasse, How I Became a Teenage Survivalist by Julie L. Casey,I Am Currency by Whitney Grady, Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane and A Butterfly Without Wings by David M. F. Powers have been nominated for the 2013 Cybils Awards, or Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards.
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
When the power goes out on PF Day (PF for Power Failure), Bracken, the main character in How I Became A Teenage Survivalist by Julie L. Casey, realizes that he is quite lucky. He lives on a farm with his family and they have everything they need to survive: their own vegetables and animals, and a will to adapt. And adapting is something that becomes very important when you have no power - which means there is no fridge to keep things cool, no lights, no heaters, and no video games. Bracken's family will have to learn to survive - not only will they have to become even more self-sufficient than before, there's also the problem with looters who would like to help themselves to whatever they can find.
Reading How I Became A Teenage Survivalist had a number of effects on me: it entertained me, it taught me about a variety of alternative power sources, and it kept me thinking about what I would do if something like the PF day ever happened to me. That's a whole heap of things for a book to do! Usually books either entertain or teach you - but only the really good ones combine this. Julie L. Casey did a great job. The book is well written and very well researched. If you manage to keep all of the information in your head, then you'll already have a few good pointers on what to do if you ever find yourself without power for a long time. But if you only look for entertainment, the book also delivers - it's really hard to put down.
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I liked the book trailer for How I Became a Teenage Survivalist by Julie Casey. I think it brought everything you needed to be put into a standard book trailer especially for the young adult readers. A little suspense couldn’t hurt, but overall it look professional, the audio was clear, and the plot was easy to understand. The narrator’s voice was nice and the characters all gave a feeling of what it would be like to read the book.
It’s interesting to see a book asking young people to think about what they take advantage of. Whether young people want to read about this is another question.
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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:53 pm
By Brooke VanCleave St. Joseph News-Press |0 comments
Julie Casey is a woman of many talents.
The Union Star, Mo., resident is a former teacher, a wife, a home schooling mother, a historical re-enactor, a wildlife rehabilitator, a herpetological society officer and manager of numerous websites. About three years ago, she added published author to the list.
“I’d been thinking about all these ideas for years and years and years, and I thought, ‘Well, I might as well get them down on paper,’ and so I made them into a book,” Ms. Casey says of her decision to start writing.
Her first book, “Stop Beating the Dead Horse,” is a nonfiction exploration of problems within the public school system and how they could be resolved. Her second is a short humorous novella called “In Daddy’s Hands.” Both of these books were self-published through a free online publishing service.
Ms. Casey’s third book will be published in April. Titled “How I Became a Teenage Survivalist,” it follows the story of a rural Missouri teenager and his family as they cope with the effects of a solar superstorm that has knocked out the world’s power grids. However, she assures readers that this post-apocalyptic tale is different from others in the science fiction genre.